Colfax woman receives more probation for drug charges

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX —  A 36-year-old Colfax woman whose house was the target of an arson last May has been sentenced to an additional two years of probation on drug charges.

Katie Bundy pleaded no contest to one felony count of possession of methamphetamine in Dunn County Circuit Court April 28, and Judge Rod Smeltzer found her guilty and sentenced her to two years of probation.

Judge Smeltzer dismissed nine other felony counts of possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine and bail jumping.

On previous drug charges, Bundy was sentenced April 6 to one year in the county jail, with nine months stayed, and 42 months of probation.

All together, Bundy has been charged with 43 drug-related or bail jumping felonies in Dunn, Chippewa and Eau Claire counties.

If Bundy’s probation is revoked in Dunn County, she will be given credit for 88 days in jail.

Possession of methamphetamine is a Class I felony that carries a fine of up to $10,000 or 3.6 years of incarceration or both, along with the possibility of a driver’s license being suspended for up to five years.

Once all of the court cases are resolved, Bundy will be allowed to participate in drug treatment court.

Bundy also has been ordered to have an Alcohol and Other Drugs Assessment and to maintain complete sobriety.

Bundy must focus on treatment and support to maintain her sobriety, Judge Smeltzer said.

“She’s got to figure this out,” he said.

“The heavy lifting is going to come down the road,” Judge Smeltzer said, adding that he hoped Bundy would learn to think for herself and that he hoped she would be one of the drug treatment court success stories.

“You can do it, but it won’t be easy … you’ve got to get away from the drugs,” Judge Smeltzer said.

Status conferences and review hearings are scheduled in May for the Chippewa County and Eau Claire County cases.

In Eau Claire County, Bundy is charged with 16 felonies: delivery of methamphetamine, possession of narcotic drugs, identity theft for financial gain, and 13 felony counts of bail jumping.

Misdemeanor charges in Eau Claire County against Bundy include retail theft, obstructing an officer, possession of a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia and obtaining prescription drugs with a false order.

In Chippewa County, Bundy is charged with five felonies: obtaining a controlled substance by fraud; misappropriating ID information to obtain money; forgery; cashing a forged check; and bail jumping.

Beth Mittelstadt, 44, is accused of setting fire to Bundy’s house at 511 East Third Avenue in Colfax last May.

According to Dunn County Sheriff’s Department investigators, Mittelstadt said she was at Bundy’s house on Third Avenue May 24, 2014, to buy methamphetamine from Bundy but denied having anything to do with setting the fire.